If you're planning to travel in the next few weeks, as borders are gradually reopening, follow our checklist to keep your devices safe.
Travel, personal or professional, has been more or less suspended with the health crisis. But as they gradually resume, with the reopening of borders and accelerating vaccination campaigns across the world, old anxieties are resurfacing.
Yes, traveling can be stressful. And traveling with technological devices is even more so. Like children or pets, they require constant supervision. Here are some tips to lighten your mind and make your trip as pleasant as possible.
1. Buy a suitable bag
There is a limit to the amount of electronic items you can fit in a bag. If your trip is long, getting a bag designed for laptops or tablets will make your life easier.
I have experimented with many bags, and my current bag is a Maxepedition brand backpack. It's made up of a single shoulder strap, and it's big enough to hold my Mac Book Pro, iPad Pro, hotspot, chargers, and cables, while leaving room for other things.
The bag is designed to be worn for long hours and is durable enough to protect all of my devices.
2. Lighten your bag
Carry only what is necessary.
Ideally, get a single charger for all your devices (USB-A and USB-C) and keep your cables to a minimum. It is good to have spare cables, but remember that you will need to carry them and unless you are going out into the wilderness you can probably buy a spare cable or charger if you need it. .
Here is my travel kit for charging: I always have an external battery with me, which serves as both a charger and a USB hub. I also have my computer charger, for my MacBook Pro. I have a USB-C to Lightning cable, a USB-C to USB-C cable, and my Apple Watch charger.
I sometimes add a portable hotspot (with external antenna) to this kit if I have to consume a lot of cellular data. 3. Recharge when you can
If you're on the go a lot, charge your devices as soon as the opportunity arises. Personally, I charge all of my devices while I sleep.
As I take a large external battery with me, I have a lot of leeway, it can charge my MacBook Pro once or my iPhone seven times. I always have my charger and cables in my bag, and I use them whenever I'm near a power outlet. I also tend to turn my devices off or put them in “low power” mode when not in use, which extends battery life. 4. Be prepared to consume data
If you're used to a fast, unlimited internet connection at home or in the office, expect your 3G / 4G cellular data to be ruthlessly strained. It's crazy how watching a few videos on YouTube and mindlessly scrolling for a few minutes on Facebook can burn a gigabyte of data.
Make sure you know how much cellular data your Smartphone or tablet has access to, and be very clear about how much data roaming you get if you go abroad, as well as the associated costs. Going over your data plan, especially abroad, can get very expensive very quickly.
Besides, this is the time when moving all your data to the cloud can backfire. All the data you will need will need to be downloaded over a connection which could be both limited and expensive.
If you are planning an extended trip, I would also recommend that you use Wi-Fi as much as possible, whether it's paid services or free connections offered in restaurants and cafes. I also recommend that you protect yourself, your devices and your data connection by using a trusted VPN service.
It may be a good idea to have a copy of all the data you need on an external hard drive, preferably encrypted. 5. Don't take everything with you
Do you need a Smartphone, tablet and laptop? Remember that not only will you have to carry them with you, but on the way they can be stolen or damaged.
At a minimum, make sure you have insurance to cover all of your items. In the event of a problem, it will be easier to replace your Smartphone, tablet and / or PC